Q1 Internet Use Guidelines

6. Cyber Safety Cybershield


To protect yourself, it is important to understand what type of activities are acceptable on the internet and some basic rules for Digital Citizenship. You will learn some vocabulary, watch a slide deck activity about digital citizenship, tips for safety, and online netiquette. Keep in mind this guiding question, "What does it take to be a responsible Digital Citizen on the Internet?"

I Can Statements

  • know some rules to be safe on the Internet
  • be a good digital citizen
  • understand online etiquette
  • be polite while communicating with others on the Internet
  • respect other's privacy
  • create an Internet safety presentation

Key Vocabulary

Cyberspace: Cyberspace is the online world of computer networks and the Internet.

Digital Citizen: A digital citizen is someone who acts safely, responsibly, and respectfully online.

Netiquette: Netiquette is the rules about the proper and polite way to communicate with other people when you are using the Internet. 

Play the interactive Quizlet Game: Direct Link



Step 1. Use this flash card activity to learn about Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that are goals for appropriate, responsible and empowered use of technology for all digital users.

  • Click on the speaker icon to hear it read out loud Speaker icon to have text read out loud
  • Click on each card to flip it to show the definition of the term  and additional information
  • Use the arrow to go to the next card

Step 2:  Explore online etiquette and safety tips by going through each slide of this slideshow. 

As you read these rules, think to yourself:

  • "Why are they important?"
  • Can you think of any others that could be added to this list?

Resources used for this activity: 

 10 Rules of Netiquette The Core Rules of Netiquette are taken from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea. Click on each rule to learn about good manners when writing on the internet.

 10 Online Safety Rules from other Kat and Sloane (Tweens that have posted a safety tips video on YouTube).

Step 3: 

  • Think about the tips you feel are most important for being a good digital citizen, and share them with someone else.
  • Can you think of any other rules and tips that you think should be added to the list?

Suggestions (check with your teacher)

  • Talk with a shoulder partner,
  • Work in a small group
  • Create a poster

Step 4. Create an artifact that answers the question: "What does it take to be a digital citizen?" This can be done as an individual or in small groups. You can use this template to collaborate on your artifact.

Use the tool or app of your choice to create a photo story, podcast, screencast, tip sheet, presentation, word processing document, or video presentation to present "What it takes to be a Digital Citizen." Save your work and check with your teacher for instructions to submit it.

Completing this Quest

In order to complete this Quest, use this What it takes to be a Digital Citizen

As you continue to build your Cyber Shield, remember to review and/or add things to your artifact.

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MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices\
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online